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Old June 20, 2013, 02:36 AM
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Default AM3/FM2 heatsink - low'ish profile? (finally settled on a thermalright AXP-100)

I'm looking at upgrading my media center PC, mainly to do some mild casual gaming, nothing fancy really, just anything i can play for fun periodically with a 360 controller hooked up

the current specs are as follows

Asus M2N68-AM SE2
AMD Athlon X2 5050e (2.5ghz 45w)
Geforce GT210
4gb DDR
Antec Microfusion case

The case is what restricts my options being its low profile, which is great for an HTPC, it doesn't look out of place under my TV, so I have every intention of keeping it

my first though was to add a low profile radeon 7750 as they seem to be the best performing of the low profile graphics cards and run about 100$, nothing superb, but playable framerates should be achievable at 1366x768 resolution for whatever I would actually play using a controller

My other though, is getting a newer FM2 board and an A10-6700, not the 6800K for 2 reasons, the 6700 has lower tdp which i find more attractive for a small form factor, and the 3d performance is negligeable compared to the 6800k. both would be much faster than the current dual core in terms of cpu performance

the hiccup is, I'm looking for suggestions on an AM3/FM2 heatsink that will offer good cooling in a small form factor, low air flow, low noise, this is where im looking for suggestions

I really wish I could find a straight up 2U Heatsink with a couple heatpipes that I could form a shroud directly to the side fans for this, but so far no luck finding that

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Old June 20, 2013, 06:37 AM
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I use a Scythe shuriken low profile one with that same chip (5050e) and it works great. I am not sure if they make it anymore but it does a great job. The closest thing on the market now is one of the noctua low profile ones but they are much wider.

Shuriken Rev. B (SCSK-1100) | Scythe USA

Noctua NH-L9a AM2 AM3 FM1 FM2 Low Profile Heatsink Cooler w/ Slim NF-A9x14 92MM PWM Fan

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Old June 21, 2013, 01:13 AM
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I've been looking for the scythe big shuriken 2, I had one before but I sold it with my P5Q premium and c2q a couple months ago, wish I had kept it because they seem to be discontinued and out of stock everywhere now

that nocture nhl9 is a little too low profile for what i want, thought the nhl12 with a single fan may do the job and is definitely one i'm considering

i do have one of the amd dual heatpipe coolers somewhere, i suppose i could try it as it may yield pretty decent results.
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Old June 21, 2013, 10:15 AM
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Just an FYI, a lot of the cheaper FM2 boards don't include the stock AMD backplates. A lot of aftermarket cooling requires those backplates including all Noctua.
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Old June 21, 2013, 12:02 PM
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Just an FYI, a lot of the cheaper FM2 boards don't include the stock AMD backplates. A lot of aftermarket cooling requires those backplates including all Noctua.
that's not a problem, I've got a few backplates in the cabinet

I'm really just concerned on finding an HSF that will work to my satisfaction. There really aren't too many options for the low profile segment though it seems
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Old July 12, 2013, 02:08 AM
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I just found this guy, apparently its been announced recently, but can't find stock anywhere or any info on availability. It looks promising though

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Old July 18, 2013, 07:45 AM
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Looks similar to mine.
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Old July 19, 2013, 07:21 AM
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This just went on sale at Newegg:

Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER GeminII M4 RR-GMM4-16PK-R2 120mm Slim Fan Long Life Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

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I don't know how I didn't come across it before, since I'm sure I checked thermalright's website when I was on my search, or maybe I just searched newegg for thermalright coolers and didn't find any that fit the profile.

regardless, I stumbled on a review of the thermalright AXP-100 and the Scythe big shuriken 2 was in the comparison table quite conveniently and the the AXP-100 beat it by 5-6* or more so I went ahead and ordered one and now I'm not kicking myself for selling the big shuriken I had

anyway, previously with the AMD heatsink (heatpipe cooler from a Phenom II 955) with the cpu (A10-6800K) running at a max 3.2 I was seeing temps of about 36 idle, and 58 under load.

Now with the AXP-100 I'm seeing temps of 35 idle, and 55 at full load, BUT, I'm not limiting the speed to 3.2 anymore, it's free to roam all the way up to 4.1 as it pleases. So higher speed, slightly lower temp, and much much much less audible at full bore too

I call it a win
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